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Old 04-28-2011, 06:46 AM
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Film grain

Most of the photographer these days shoot digital but they still manage to get their pictures looking like they were shot on grainy films. I wondered, how do you achieve that effect (so it doesnt look obvious) in photoshop? Are they a special plug-ins for that or the Adobe filters originally installed in photoshop are capable to do that.

I tried many techniques but never got close to the effect they did for Mario Sorrenti in this picture.mario_sorrenti_1.jpg

How do you do that?

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Old 04-28-2011, 10:14 AM
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Re: Film grain

There are lots of ways you can do this in Photoshop - not the least of which is under Filters/Add Noise/Grain, and you set your strength. Be sure to use Monochromatic or you will also get colorful grain (which changes the hues in the image). I like to use Gaussian versus Uniform - but it's your preference. If you should forget to NOT use Monochromatic, it is easy enough to bring back the original colors by setting your HISTORY set point before your "Add Noise" move, and fill from history in COLOR MODE.

This method can get kinda sandy and tooooo much fine grain for my liking on high res images. Play around with this and see what I mean...

Another way of adding it is is the initial stage of opening an in image in Camera RAW. There is a little used Effects tool (across the top of your main opening menu) with the icon fx. Here you have more latitude and control on film grain strength, size and roughness.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:13 AM
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Re: Film grain

Or just shoot some gray cards with an analogue camera, scan them in and use those. Build your own little library of actual film grain that way.
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:03 PM
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Re: Film grain

like they said, shoot a grey card...stop messing around.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:11 PM
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Re: Film grain

Don't want to steal your thread just curious how do you people do that trick with grey card?
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:46 PM
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Re: Film grain

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Don't want to steal your thread just curious how do you people do that trick with grey card?
I would imagine that they get a grey card, light it evenly, shoot it with a grainy film, and then scan the negative. Drop the scanned negative on top of your image and play with blending mode and opacity.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:26 AM
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Re: Film grain

Shoot a Grey card. A good Grey card is 128/128/128 (RGB) or if you will 50% Grey.

This means if you take a well lit picture of a grey card, then scan it in, you can drop it on any picture set that layer to "SoftLight" or whatever you like and voila, it only shows the grain.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:40 AM
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Re: Film grain

Thank you the hjj DjSoulglo.
just out of interest if b&w film do same job?
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:56 AM
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Re: Film grain

b&w film would work just fine for shooting a grey card. If it's a true neutral grey card, it should look the same if it's color or b&w. Since you're only using it for the grain, either one would work just fine ... pretty sure anyways.
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:20 AM
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Re: Film grain

Try Nik Silver Efex Pro, they have a great grain effect. You can either choose a specific film to emulate from the presets or make your own with sliders. This is the only plugin I've ever used that actually looks like real film grain as it incorporates the grain structure into the photo rather than just adding a texture on top of the photo.
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